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Blackboard Learn 9 Q4 2016 Release

Learn More about Blackboard Learn SP 10

About this Release

With the Q4 2016 release, Blackboard has made a series of improvements to Learn based on client feedback and an ongoing commitment to product quality, simplified workflows, and new innovations to help students, instructors, and educational programs.

Below you’ll find a summary of what’s new in this release, along with links to get more detailed information.

New Features and Updates

  • Drag and Drop Files -When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments.  If the browser allows, users can drag a folder of files and the files will upload individually.

    Drag and Drop Capability

  • Fewer Needs Grading Items - When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation.
    A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon. 
    More on grading multiple attempts on the Needs Grading page

  • Reminders of Missing Coursework - Instructors can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included.

    Gradebook Reminder Reminder Gradebook
  • Submission Receipts - Instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.

    A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.  
    More on submission confirmations 

    Student View - Submission Receipt
    Student Submission Receipt

    Instructor View - Submission Receipt
    Instructor Student Receipts

    Instructor View Submission Receipt

Bug Fixes and Resolved Known Issues

  • Grade Center Columns Display Extra Places - The decimal places for percentages are displaying out to 4 or 5 places in the Grade Center. Only two decimal places will now be displayed.